LIFE HACKS: Hydration Nation

By: Emma Gerber and Abby Coffey

An Experiment in Drinking Water

Everyone has heard that we are supposed to drink lots of water. After all, hydration is important and not enough people drink enough water. Last week, we decided to test out the common suggestion to drink 64 ounces of water a day, or 8 eight ounce glasses of water. We wrote reflections every other day to talk about how it was going, and our final opinions.

Monday

Emma

Today was the first day drinking 64 ounces of water. I have to admit, it was much easier than I thought it would be. I got myself a 16 ounce water bottle, so I only had to drink four of those. Drinking water for me was not the hard part; the hard part was having to go to the bathroom. I went to the bathroom about every other period, which is really unsustainable. It might just be placebo effect, but I do feel a little more energized. It’s funny because I actually almost feel more thirsty now, like my body is finally getting more water and now it wants a lot. I will see if these effects continue as the week goes on.

Abby

The first day of drinking water was a struggle. It was mostly because I forgot to bring my water to school today and I had to drink most of my water from the water fountain which proved a problem in finding out how much I drank. However I can say in confidence that I definitely did not drink the 64 ounces I was supposed to. I drank most of my water during lunch which was also pretty hard to do between eating lunch and socializing. I drank around 4 ounces of water when I got back home during I was doing my homework. However I learned my lesson bring my water bottle to school.

Wednesday

Emma   

I have finished all the water everyday thus far. It’s actually surprising how easy it is to drink the water, although I kept forgetting my water bottle meaning I had to drink a lot in the afternoon. Honestly, when I don’t drink lots of water now I feel kind of weird. I guess maybe my body is getting more used to the lots of water. It doesn’t take that much brain power to drink a lot anymore, although I still have to go to the bathroom fairly frequently.

Abby

I have finished the water requirements 2 out of 3 days so far. Unlike Emma It is hard for me to drink all of that water, and a lot of the time I end up forgetting that I have to drink it. I don’t have a water bottle which would make it a lot harder to drink the water. At home is where I drink most of my water because I constantly forget at school.

Friday

Emma

Today I forgot my water once again (I’m very forgetful). However, this was the first day I really noticed an impact from not drinking water. I had noticed how good i felt when I drank water, but now I really noticed what happened when I relapsed to my old habits. I actually got a bit dizzy and was really thirsty. It’s weird because all the sudden I really relied on drinking water and having my water bottle. I am getting much more used to drinking water now and I feel as if my body has recalibrated.

Abby

It has started to get a lot easy at drinking water, and so far I have started to get a lot of positive impacts from drinking it. For example I don’t get tired or thirsty as much anymore when I drink the water regularly. It has also started to get less of a struggle and I now do it regularly. So far this has been a very good experience.

Final Reflection

Emma

This week actually really changed my perspective on water. Water used to just be a thing that I didn’t really care about and only drank when I was thirsty. But now, I really rely on water. Once my body got used to the water I was forcing myself to drink, it really got used to it. Besides forgetting my water, everything went really smoothly and I definitely will keep drinking water. I probably won’t measure it out, but I will be investing in a good water bottle soon. I feel better and healthier. I think everyone should do this for a new perspective on water and to try to make their everyday life just a bit better.  

Abby

Drinking water this week has been a very good experiment and I have learned many helpful tips from this. At the beginning it was very hard to keep drinking water and I often forgot. However after I started drinking it slowly became easier, and it now has become a habit. Now I feel very weird not drinking a lot of water. Something that would help this process is carrying a water bottle constantly which I did not do well but in the future I will. This was a really good and healthy experience, and I’m glad I did it.  

Rating of This Experience: 7.75/10 (because Abby is being persnickety)

Would We do it Again: Yes (but we don’t really need to)

Should You Try It: Yeah (it’s healthy)